I will be moving to St. Croix in a couple months and I am in the process of trying to set up a charitable foundation to bring with me that can help the islands. I am curious as to what the ppl who are living in St. Croix would think would be the best way to help the island. What is the greatest needs? Personal or economical? I can do all the research I want but I think it is better to get ideas from the islanders themselves. They are there and know what is needed to help. Any ideas are welcome. Thank you!
All our social outreach programs are making do barebones. Education/mentoring, assistance for the housebound elderly eking out a living on social security, help for the physically and/or mentally handicapped, assistance for children unable to be cared for by parents - that's just a mere few and there's a veritable slew of them including animal welfare programs.
Angeline, are you familiar with any of our island foundations? You might want to take a look at Community Foundation VI and Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation. I think International Capital and Management also has a respected foundation. You might get some ideas by seeing what they do and maybe identify a need they're not meeting.
This list of USVI non profits and charities may be of interest:
A foundation that can help people pay medical expenses is probably the greatest need in the community on all islands. The percentage of working people without health insurance is much higher here than in most states, and the hospitals are suffering because of it.
The posts on this site regarding health insurance are some of the most popular, and I'm not sure expat insurance is the answer.
Our abandoned animals have shelters overflowing and are killed by the hundreds annually because these not enough space, funds, fosters or volunteers. There is not a single no kill shelter here in VI.
I'm working on it. 🙂
The VI gets lots of grants - probably more than their fair share based on comments. I was under the impression you had funds to target needs. I think I'm a little disappointed.
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.
A little something is better than a lot of nothing.
Why be disappointed with someone willing to identify a need and help?